Parking meters in Otley are to be replaced – because they will not accept some 10p coins.

Councillor Barry Anderson (Con, Adel and Wharfedale) found out about the issue after complaints from residents who had encountered problems. He was told by Leeds City Council that the existing meters have been rejecting 10p coins produced in 2012 or later because they are made of a different metal. The council plans to install the new machines in about six weeks' time.

Coun Anderson said: “This is very inconvenient for anyone who wants to use the car parks in Otley. Personally, I had no idea there were different 10p coins post-2012 and the highways department should have put a contingency in place.

“Unless people are carrying copious amounts of change around with them and checking the dates of the coins before they set off, it makes parking even more stressful than it is already.”